Church presenting Christmas music

December 11, 2005

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will present a program of Christmas music at 4 p.m. today in the church sanctuary.

"It's part of a tradition of the church to have a music program and welcome the community to join with us," said church member Robert Hutchins. "Music is a strong tradition at First Presbyterian."

The program will include performances of a broad range of Christmas music, including works by Handel and Verdi, and traditional carols by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, the church's organist and other instrumentalists, directed by Jimmy Galdieri, the organist and choir director.

Reservations are not required. The church is at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, off Route 108, on the east side of U.S. 29.

Information: 410-730-3545.

Class set Thursday for seniors to focus on holiday use of herbs

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a class for senior citizens, ages 55 and older, on how to use herbs in holiday teas, appetizers and desserts. The session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at East Columbia Senior Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

A sampling of teas, appetizers and desserts featuring herbs is planned.

The cost is $15. Registration is required and should be done as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Library slates talk on gardening; book clubs planning to meet

Master gardener Georgia Eacker will be at the east Columbia library at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 to discuss pruning trees and shrubs. Registration is requested.

The Black Fiction Book club will read and discuss Bebe's By Golly Wow, by Yolanda Joe, at 1 p.m. Jan. 7. Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not needed.

The Good Reads Book club will discuss A Fine Balance, by Robinton Mistry, at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Registration is not needed.

"Untangling the Web," a program on Internet searching techniques using a variety of search engines, is planned at the library at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Registration begins Jan. 4.

The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around town

Pilates classes -- Long Reach Community Association will offer Pilates exercise classes for adults from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, at 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost for the eight-week session is $96, with a 5 percent discount for those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Girls' dressing -- The Columbia Teen Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center, will offer a six-week workshop for girls, ages 11 to 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 10. The class, taught by Dress to Impress, will cover skin, hair and nail care; makeup; fashion coordination; personal hygiene; tips about personality, manners, and other topics. The session will culminate in a professional fashion show. The cost is $250 for Columbia residents; $300 for nonresidents. Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Registration open -- East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoon class for 4-year-olds. The school, which enrolls about 60 children, meets at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-9166, or www.eastcolumbia

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